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C-160 TRANSALL (AEROSPATIALE, MBB)

Specifications
Country of Origin France, Germany
Builder team : Transall : French-German co-operation Aerospatiale - DASA MBB New Transall : Aerospatiale / Atelier Industriel de l'Aéronautique de Clermont-Ferrand
First flight : February, 1962 (first batch) / April, 1981 (second batch)
In-service in French Air Force : August, 1967 for the C 130 F (first batch) / April, 1982 for the C 130 NG (second batch)/ May, 1994 for the C 160 R (retrofited avionics for both batches)
RoleTransport, cargo (93 equipped troops, tactical vehicles), airdrop, EW, surveillance, airborne command
Similar Aircraft G.222, C-123 Provider, Aviocar C-212, C-130 Hercules, An-12 Cub
Wing Span 131 ft, 3 in (40 m)
Length 106 ft, 3 in (32.4 m)
Height 11.67 m
Net weight / Maximum weight at takeoff : 29 t / 51 t
Fuel capacity : 19,500 l at takeoff / 26,000 l after in-flight refuelling
Power plant / Thrust : Turbo-prop Rolls-Royce Tyne 22 / 2 x 5,665 HP
Maximum speed515 kph at 16,000 ft
Cruising speed
Range
Service Ceiling26,000 ft
ArmamentUsually none
Special equipment : Computer-operated navigation with inertial navigation system and GPS, communication system with central command
Crew : 2 pilots, 1 navigator, 1 engineer, 1 cabin operator
Major operational capabilities : Night tactical flights at low altitude with night vision goggles Transport of passengers and freight to short and ill-prepared fields
NATO interoperability : Protected radiocommunications, identification friend or foe
Cost
User Countries France, Germany, South Africa, Turkey
Number of units produced : 122 (including 66 retrofited for France) 
rench Air Force inventory : 66 (including 42 in 4 tactical transport squadrons)



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